PREVIOUS EPISODES: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Ghost+BustersLAST EPISODE: Sachiko became a vampire hunter.- - -"DAMN!" Akira throws down his controller. You roll your eyes as you put a toaster waffle into the toaster. (Breakfast of champions!) Akira's trying to beat Sana at fighting games again. A futile effort. He even chose a game that he knew Sana had never played, and that he had practiced on.2-0, four times in a row."What IS your secret?" Akira grumbles.Sana shrugs. "It's not like they're all THAT different from each other. Besides, it's relaxing to be able to pulp someone's face after a bad audition.""I thought you were going to be an extra in a sentai?" Star asks, entering the room and heading for the fridge and the grapefruit juice."I am, but running in terror from a foam suit doesn't exactly pay the bills." She sighs. "So, I deal with my life's disappointment by working for you knuckleheads, shooting ghosts and monsters, and beating you soundly at whatever game Akira or Sato think will stump me.""One day woman..." Akira grumbles."So," Sato says looking up from his bowl of sugary cereal. "Are we really going down to P-COC today?""We promised Sachiko we would." You say."I dunno, Daisuke." Sato says. "This whole registry thing...it sounds like something Yasuo would do, and I checked on the net, the State Shinto and other official groups are supporting it."
>>33966144"Yeah, but Sachiko has a weird feeling about it." Star says. "Not to mention that 'agree three times to come' bit that she told me about it. We've been in this business long enough to know that one 'weird flag' usually means trouble.""True." Sato says. "But WE give off plenty of weird flags. P-COC is in the same business as we are.""You're saying there's nothing to be worried about?" Akira asks."No." Sato says. "I'm just saying we shouldn't go into this assuming that it's some evil plot. Yasuo's a dick, but he's not evil.""True." You say. "But we're still going, right?"There's a chorus of agreement from everyone."Sachiko asked us. She's our friend." Star says, summing up the situation. "We're going.""Maybe you guys shouldn't go as Ghostbusters." Sana says, as she gets to her desk. "You know P-COC hates you, so maybe showing up looking like human beings might keep things from instantly escalating."> Nah. We're Ghostbusters. We're showing up to this National Registry in our full glory. Consequences be damned.> Sana's got a good point. If we go in dressed like civilians, maybe we'd be able to get some more information out of people, and learn about the Registry. (Of course you'd keep your equipment in YOMI-1 and within reach.)> Other
>>33966151>Sana's got a good point. If we go in dressed like civilians, maybe we'd be able to get some more information out of people, and learn about the Registry. (Of course you'd keep your equipment in YOMI-1 and within reach.)Someone stays back in YOMI-1 with the engine running, and the Proton Cannon charged and ready. This will be a fully armed and operational ghost-busting vehicle.
>>33966151> Sana's got a good point. If we go in dressed like civilians, maybe we'd be able to get some more information out of people, and learn about the Registry. (Of course you'd keep your equipment in YOMI-1 and within reach.)
>>33966151> Nah. We're Ghostbusters. We're showing up to this National Registry in our full glory. Consequences be damned.We'll make a house call.
Hmm, I wonder. This is the PCOC, and there is a strong chance our faces are already plastered on their walls so they will recognize us, furthermore the YOMI-1 would be a big red flag with all the other paranormal experts arriving.That and /someone/ might be on the lookout for us.
>>33966482We won't go into the heart of registry, or even the actual location itself, we'll just ask around as civilians from people who are going in.We always have the option to suit up when we get there.
>>33966151> Nah. We're Ghostbusters. We're showing up to this National Registry in our full glory. Consequences be damned.We never gave a damn before.
>>33966151> Nah. We're Ghostbusters. We're showing up to this National Registry in our full glory. Consequences be damned.Sachiko asked the ghostbusters to check it out, so the ghostbusters are going to check it out
>>33966720This. We got called in.
>>33966720>>33966776I don't think advertising the fact that Sachiko, a miko and part of the State Shinto agency, called in the Ghostbusters is a good idea. In fact, it's a terrible idea.Are you just going to say that we were called in, and then not give the name of who called us in? That's not going to fly with anyone there.
>>33966151> Sana's got a good point. If we go in dressed like civilians, maybe we'd be able to get some more information out of people, and learn about the Registry. (Of course you'd keep your equipment in YOMI-1 and within reach.)I feel we will meet PAGAN
>>33966855Although I agree we should hold up a pretense of civilians as long as we can, we shouldn't be required to give out the identity of our clientele because that goes against client confidentiality and basic business principle
Damn, this is the true punishment from last week.A lot of ominous foreshadowing and no way to act on it without metagaming.Reminds me of Peter Parker Quest.
>>33966302>>33966402>>33966475"Sana's right. Let's just keep all of the stuff in YOMI-1, if we need it." You say. "Maybe it'll be good to talk to people just as...people...and not Ghostbusters."You load up YOMI-1 and drive out to the P-COC offices. "You think we should park YOMI out of the way?" Star asks."P-COC is in a plaza with a few other buildings. We can put it at the edge." Sato says."Yeah, but with the logo stamped on her side, she's not exactly subtle." You say."Uhh, guys?" Akira says. "I don't think we need to worry about subtle or being noticed."The plaza is PACKED. There are people everywhere. A whole sea of mikos and priestesses in their red and white robes. A collection of fortune tellers, exorcists, and other 'mystics' dressed in styles from the humbly subtle to 'rag shop explosion.' But the largest crowd are an assortment of people, including a few priestesses, and 'mystics' that have black and white checkerboard-pattern haori jackets on. They've got placard signs, banners, megaphones, and are making an unholy mess of things.They've driven their own van into the middle of the plaza. A woman is standing on top of it. She's short, with short dark hair, glasses, and has a very expensive looking megaphone. She's also dressed in a checkerboard jacket."DOWN WITH THE CULTURAL IMPERIALISTS! DO NOT LET P-COC DICTATE YOUR LIVES, YOUR FAITHS! WE ARE NOT CANS OF SOUP TO BE BARCODED!"(Cont)
>>33967036But that's been true even before last week, same thing with knowing Yasuo is in cahoots with whatsherface
>>33967076"THEY WOULD TELL YOU THAT THE SPIRITUAL WORLD IS YOUR ENEMY. THAT IS IS TO BE CONTROLLED AND BEATEN DOWN BY WAY OF THEIR JACKBOOTED THUGS! WE OF PAGAN KNOW THERE IS A BETTER WAY. PAGAN SAYS THAT OUR FUTURE WITH THE SPIRITUAL IS ONE OF PEACE! RESIST THE TEMPTATION OF MATERIAL GAIN! RESIST THE FEAR OF A MONOLITHIC GOVERNMENT! PRESERVE YOUR TRUTH, YOUR FAITH, AND YOUR HOPE!""Wow...when did PAGAN get so organized?" Star asks as she gets out of the van with the rest of you."FOR IS IT NOT WRITTEN: A LIFE OF STRUGGLE FOR THE TRUTH IS A LIFE THAT IS THE RICHEST? OR...SOMETHING LIKE THAT?" The girl yells.You all smirk and look at Sato. Yep. He's smitten."Wow." He says."WE WILL NOT BE OPPRESSED BY P-COC GOVERNMENT THUGS, OR THEIR THUGGISH ENFORCERS OF SPIRITUAL BRUTALITY!"Small straw dummies that have vacuums attached to their backs and are dressed in familiar looking blue jump suits are hoisted up on long sticks.You see torches."I gotta call Sachiko." You say, getting out your phone and dialing."Such...passion! Look at how she controls the crowd." Sato says."You have to be kidding me." Star says."Do we really look that...lumpy...in these jumpsuits?" Akira asks."Before or after we're on fire?" Star asks."Sachiko? It's Daisuke. We're at P-COC." You say when she picks up."Already? I wasn't planning on being there for another hour or so...well I suppose that's a good thing considering." Sachiko says."Yeah...ummm...I don't think you need to be worried about us causing a scene." You say."Why?" She asks."Because PAGAN is already here...and it looks like their leader is intent on causing a riot." You say."She's incredible!" Sato says. "Does anyone see a ring on her fingers?""SHE'S BURNING US IN EFFIGY!" Akira yells."Sachiko. You might want to hurry up and come down here quick...because if you don't, I don't think there might BE a P-COC to register AT!" You say."I'll be there as soon as I can." She says and hangs up.(cont)
>>33967094"Looks like the applicants are still filing into P-COC." Akira says. "Think we could sneak in with them?"Star harumphs. "I don't appreciate being burnt in effigy. I say we suit up and express OUR point of view.""We should go introduce ourselves." Sato says, looking at the woman standing on top of the van. "I've GOT to get her name."> Sneaking in sounds good.> Screw it, it's already halfway to a riot, let's push it over and suit up.> Okay Sato, let's go meet your waifu.> How about we just hang back, buy a hot dog from the food vendors that showed up, wait for Sachiko, and see what happens?> Other
>>33967109>OtherHow about we just hang back, call in to P-COC and Yasuo that we wish to meet with him about certain zoning permits, buy a yakisoba from the food vendors that showed up, wait for Sachiko, and see what happens?
>>33967109I'm tempted to let Sato approach her for hilarity purposes as well as getting someone undercover on their side and potentially wooing her, while the rest of us do business.
>>33967109>otherWe could just wait for sachiko and guard the Yomi-1 while while Akhira and Star sneak, and Sato meet his waifu and spill some spagetti
>>33967109>OtherAkira stays with YOMI-1 with the engine running and wait for Sachiko, Daisuke and Star try to sneak into P-COC, and Sato can go and try to woo his waifu.
>>33967170DamnNow you tempt me
>>33967109So we were told last thread that having the ghostbusters show up here was one of the best moves we could have made.Which implies that we should definitely do something. But I'm not sure what wouldn't be helping Mae.
Hey Ghostmaster, did we recieve enough funds and has enough time passed that we have some new equimpent?Can we know what happened in the recent timeskip?
>>33967181>>33967146Then we might as well not have shown up.Our presence at the rally is fortuitous, the only question is if we should defuse the situation, or enflame it into becoming a riot.
>>33967279Then what do you propose?I feel like we are being played
>>33967279Are you sure it's the rally we are here for? For all we know the rally is just the distraction we need to get inside the PCOC and have a closer look.
>>33967109> Okay Sato, let's go meet your waifu.Sato needs some.
>>33967355Sato's gonna get that pussy tonight
>>33967236>Hey Ghostmaster, did we recieve enough funds and has enough time passed that we have some new equipment?You guys have been begging for that Destabilizer that'll turn Yokai into spectral, bistable, beings. You have one of those for sure.Other weaponry gadgets can be discussed (or given when the plot demands.)Vehicles are another matter entirely, as was said, none of you have a pilots license, and Daisuke doesn't know how to steer a boat, motor or no.>Can we know what happened in the recent timeskip?Wasn't that big of a time skip, three days max. Just regular jobs and workshop time.
>>33967355>>33967372Or become another puppet on a string.
>>33967279Are you that it's the rally we should be here for, and not the actual Registration going on inside P-COC?Or shit, even giving the place a once-over with a PKE Meter and Ecto-Goggles just to see what's going on spectrally?
>>33967438>Or shit, even giving the place a once-over with a PKE Meter and Ecto-Goggles just to see what's going on spectrally?Why AREN'T we doing that? We should be paranoid enough to do that since we were told weird semi-ritualistic magic was being done by a P-COC agent.Changing >>33967146 to >>33967438 as an Other.
>>33967438>Or shit, even giving the place a once-over with a PKE Meter and Ecto-Goggles just to see what's going on spectrally?There's so many highly emotional people here, not to mention exorcists from fakers to the Real Deal, power-wise, that the PKE is going nuts, and putting on the Ecto-goggles just shows a giant blur of activity.
>>33967438Scan waifu. Scan effigies.
>>33967477What about the P-COC building itself?And maybe we should get a look at the building from the inside. And the people going through the Registration process, before and after.
Okay, there has to be some way we can figure out that Mimiko is going to be hijacking the phonelines to kill all the exorcists.
>>33967336I'm pretty sure were at the point where there's a decent chance we're being played regardless of what we do.Like our opponent is so far beyond us that we're effectively fighting Aizen.Sure I can't see how snooping at P-COC could further her plan, but there's probably a way it could get us tangled in the net.
>>33967355Damn straight, we gonna be the best wingman ever.
>>33967498The building is putting out a bit more PKE than any other building in the plaza...but this IS P-COC so that's not unusual. You can't get a decent enough scan on anything else due to all the interference from the protest, crowd, and distance. If you want to get a solid scan on the applicants, the PAGAN leader, or anyone else. You'll have to get within, at least, 10 feet.Also, you CAN split up if you want, but well...it's splitting up.
>>33967650I was considering splitting upWe need to know the situation from both sidesBut torn between being Sato's wingman or infitrate P-COC with Star
>>33967650I say concentrate on sneaking into the P-COC and checking it out, both the building and the people.Oh, and I've been wondering: is Peck still in Japan? Or has he already left?
>>33967109>OtherI for one am curious about why they are burning effigies of the ghostbusters and not people labled P-COC. Doesn't it completely defeat their purpose since P-COC hates the ghostbusters?
>>33967748>Oh, and I've been wondering: is Peck still in Japan? Or has he already left?Oh he's left. He's got WAY too much on his hands with putting together the Global Registry. (He's stealing Yasuo's idea. P-COC Japan has NOTHING to do with this registry. Peck wants the credit.)Plus you know, the other GB branches are having their own issues.GB: LA has the ghost plane of Carcossa and it's mad king and revelers trying to push into ours.GB: Chicago has to deal with the Demigorgon and it's armies of Nightmares and Stolen ChildrenGB: Northwest has the Wendigo trying to bring eternal winterGB: Central is dealing with the Dark Man and his 1001 Forms, and another aspect of Tiamat.GB: London has to stop Queen Boudicca's massive ghost army from wiping all of the 'taint of Rome' from England...which is pretty much everything.GB: Johannesburg is trying to stop the Primal Tiger from turning South Africa into a pit of blood.And Central is reviewing applications for Franchises in other places as well. Business is business after all!
>>33967882>GB: London has to stop Queen Boudicca's massive ghost army from wiping all of the 'taint of Rome' from England...which is pretty much everything.GOOD LUCK BOUDICCA!
>>33967882So, what I'm saying is, don't count on backup from other GB branches. They have their own problems.Moving on...So I'm seeing two votes to split up and cover everything, and one vote to go talk to the PAGAN leader.Any more votes?
>>33967582Actually the phones and the fourth aspect of Oiwa aren't the ones behind the red string.They're too different tricks, neither of which we know about.
>>33968001I'm down with talking to the leader, splitting the party almost never ends well and if we do manage to talk her down this whole clusterfuck will be a lot more manageable.>Okay Sato, let's go meet your waifu.
>>33967882This is going to end up like Spider-Man where we're blamed for this stuff starting to pop up
>>33967109> Okay Sato, let's go meet your waifu.We need to diffuse Pagan here. Getting Sato involved probably will help, thus I agree with >>33967170 .>>33967882Central should consider China, definitely. I bet our Vampire friends could give them tips on where to look and who to contact.Russia, I imagine, could also use some help. Plenty of things for them to do there.Australia would be a major priority based on it's weirdness and yet how little people care about it.
>>33967379That's good. I hope we successfully tested the Ethereal Solidifer on Umi and her friends, now they should be at the sanctuary eating food and reading solid NEW manga books to their hearts content.Also important as one of the methods to reverse the Destabilizer's effects.
>>33967882>Ghost!Boadicea teams up with Ghost!King Arthur>turns out neither are happy about a bunch of Latins and Germans conquering the homeland of the Britons>Eventually ended when Welsh Ghostbuster points out that most people in the UK (be they English, Scottish or Welsh) have both Romano-Briton and Anglo-Saxon ancestry.>Entire problem is solved with reasonableness
>>33968077China and Russia I imagine are difficult due to political reasons.I wonder what the ghost (or living person) of Rasputin is doing right now. . .certainly not hunting the Romanov bloodline in the dark of the night?
>>33968110King Arthur was probably a Roman General, though.
>>33968049>ManageableThink of the burning effegies man...and the jumpsuit.those poor jumpsuitsBut i am down with spilling spagetties> Okay Sato, let's go meet your waifu.
>>33968110You're assuming that the Queen of Rage is sane...and that she hasn't made a deal with Other Entities that also wouldn't mind seeing England, and London specifically, razed to the ground.Anyway, waifu away!
>>33967109Yeah, send Sato to talk to her, Akira to stay with the car and Star and Daisuke to sneak in. Let Sato do his own wooing.
>>33968001We were asked by Sachiko to check out P-COC, so I feel like we should maybe do that?It really seems like only bad things come from playing along with.Sato, so I don't know why we keep doing it?
>>33968037I know that the forth aspect is Mimiko, but I couldn't find any Japanese legends about evil red string. Did you?And even if the characters don't know, we, THE PLAYERS, do. So I think that we should find some way for our characters to find out, cause I do NOT want a bad ending.
>>33968077Russia specifically has a "Destroy On Sight" order out for any and all supernaturals within their borders. I imagine that the FSB is handling it internally and they don't want civilians who might provide a means of escaping the government's pogrom to interfere. As for China, they don't want a private group interfering when they have government/Party controls in place.
>>33968134It varies. As long as companies jump through China's hoops while there and bribe the right people, it could work easily (Coca-cola's Go Red Go China! slogan during the Olympics, something that would have gotten them a visit from COINTELPRO 50 years ago, isn't really a problem now).With Russia, it varies. It actually would have been extremely easy for the past few years to do it, but is slightly harder now due to Ukraine. It honestly would be less of a problem then you'd think.
>>33968235Russia: Nothing remains the same, and that kind of band-aid will eventually back-fire on them.China: Money talks. Careful and respectful application of it, by acceptable people means business can be done.
>>33968180That doesn't sound very British. Sounds more...American to me. Possibly Irish.
>>33968001You forgot my vote here >>33967748
>>33968235Makes me wonder if Stalin's supposed psychic warfare program ever kicked off.
>>33968180Can we not?People don't get that letting Sato do things never works out.
>>33968406As the ancients say "A broken sundial is right once a night" or something like that.
>>33968332Bribes in China can get you far, but that's still going against the Party. The policy is "work for the Party, or else" in regards to any supernaturals. I don't think the Party would allow tht policy to be ignored. As for Russia, Putin put the fear into Baba Yaga. Whatever freedoms the supernatural population got when the Soviet Union fell, have been rescinded an they're oppressed even more. Sure, there might be a resurgence once Putin is dead and gone, but it's only a matter of time before another rises to bring back the glory of the CCCP.
>>33968427Shut up Sato.
>>33968151You all make your way through the crowd and stop in front of the van."Hello!" You say, waving at the woman."GREETINGS FEL...hold on...sorry." She gets down from the van. "Greetings fellow citizens! Are you here to join our cause? We've got plenty more PAGAN coats, only 500 yen. I'll give you four for 1500.""Sato Fumihito." Sato says. "It's a pleasure to meet you." He bows.The girl bows back. "Rei Kachidoki.""So..." Star nods up at the burning effigies, now being paraded around. "Why are you burning the Ghostbusters? I always thought that they didn't get along with P-COC."Rei nods. "I'm glad you've followed the current events. Sadly, a good many people believe that they ARE associated with each other...and either way, they're both representations of the greater evil. Is it not written, that the enemy of my enemy is still an enemy?""I thought the ancient saying was 'Be it a tiger or a lion, a bull is still wary of their tables." Sato says.Rei nods and smiles at Sato. "Something like that I suppose."
>>33968406I think they value watching Sato fail more than Daisuke succeeding or getting a good ending.
>>33968206It's a metaphor. A cross between "the red string of fate" and "red tape", demonstrating that somehow the registry will keep everybody's hands tied until it's too late.
>>33968492She pounds her hand into her other palm. "But I'm NOT one to sit by and do nothing. This whole 'registry' is just another example of Western Cultural Imperialism. They're forcing their mindset upon us regarding the spiritual. It's up to people like us to make sure that people know that ghosts and spirits aren't 'the enemy' as P-COC and the Ghostbusters preach. There's no need for an organized ARMY to take them down, and believe me. This isn't going to end just with a registry. It'll end with our ways of life and spirituality trampled to death by Western mentality and views. Now...I'm thinking three extra larges and a large for jackets?""What?" Star asks, a little affronted."Well they shrink in the wash." Rei says."Oh." Star says. "Thanks.""No problem." Rei says. "Jiro!""Yes, your majesty?" A PAGAN asks."Three extras and one large for our new recruits! And don't CALL me that!" Rei says."At once, your majesty." Jiro goes into the van."Ass." She sighs. "Anyway, your name was Sato...and the rest of you are...?"> I'm Daisuke. Just introduce yourself. Rei doesn't seem so bad when she's not playing to the crowd.> I'm Daisuke. That's Akira, and Sakura but you can call her Star. Introduce EVERYONE before they can say anything else.> We're the Ghostbusters. > Other
>>33968492Oh great. First a ghost racist and a ghost fall in love (but won't date!) and now a ghostbuster racist and a ghostbuster fall in love (and probably won't date either)
>>33968492>Is it not written, that the enemy of my enemy is still an enemy?">>"I thought the ancient saying was 'Be it a tiger or a lion, a bull is still wary of their tables." Sato says.It's like they're made for each other.
>>33968521>I'm Daisuke. Just introduce yourself. Rei doesn't seem so bad when she's not playing to the crowd.Chat her up a bit. Maybe ask if she's seen some mikos.
>>33968521> I'm Daisuke. That's Akira, and Sakura but you can call her Star. Introduce EVERYONE before they can say anything else.Can we get a few of these PAGAN idiots as bait? A few meat shields would be welcome.
>>33968521> I'm Daisuke. Just introduce yourself. Rei doesn't seem so bad when she's not playing to the crowd.Maybe even say we are from the reject zone and are coming to meet a priestess who's a friend of ours
>>33968521> I'm Daisuke. Just introduce yourself. Rei doesn't seem so bad when she's not playing to the crowd.Somewhat because I wanna see some spaghetti, mostly because Star and Akira are grown-ups who can introduce themselves
>Is it not written, that the enemy of my enemy is still an enemy?"No you idiot, the enemy of my enemy is my enemy's enemy.
>>33968521I kind of wanna combine them all, everyone introducing themselves and conclude with"Together we're…"[fanfare]"The Ghostbusters"Jazz hands/Sentai pose optional. Hey, we're lunatics.
>>33968521Pretty sure we already fucked up, but whatever.Introduce everyone, then politely inquire why she was called princess.
>>33968521>I'm Daisuke. Just introduce yourself. Rei doesn't seem so bad when she's not playing to the crowd.
I wonder, what's our plan here? I was hoping we try to get in and steal the registry.> I'm Daisuke. Just introduce yourself. Rei doesn't seem so bad when she's not playing to the crowd. but first things first.
>>33968978We have none. People wanted to give Sato a chance at his waifu, and that's why we're stuck here in the middle of people that hate us with plan and no backup and all of our weapons still in the van.
>>33968978Initially it seemed we wanted to split the group to let Sato have his shot, while we went about using the notriot as a distraction to investigate PCOC.But we seem to have joined Sato to meet the Pagan themselves.
>>33968978Our plan was to do some snooping at P-COC, because our friend.Sachiko felt vaguely uneasy.But now we're... Not doing that.
>>33969050>>33969088At best we can see what we can do about PAGAN and let Sato handle it while we go off to the PCOC event itself.
>>33969141This.Sato could keep PAGAN under some semblance of control while we figure what's up with PCOC
>>33969167Which really was the initial plan. Actually, this lets us learn a bit more about Pagan noteworthy influential people among them, as well as potential information about them, then lets us be on our way to PCOC
>>33968521> I'm Daisuke. Just introduce yourself. Rei doesn't seem so bad when she's not playing to the crowd.>>33969141>>33969167Best bet here is to engage Pagan, try to convert a few of them to our side here.
>>33969200Let Sato do that. We really are needed inside.
>>33969141Why would we want to stop PAGAN? I'm pretty sure they're not compromised, and they could distract P-COC.But then we're getting into metagaming again and I'm pretty sure we're overdosing on shadowruns
>>33968978I think having no solid plan, improvising, and bullshitting are the Ghostbusters SOP.
>>33969230I didn't say stop Pagan. In fact, their distraction may be the exact thing we need today, furthermore there's been foreshadowing they are vital to restoring Oiwa's face.
>>33969226I think I know how we can use those PAGAN outfits.
>>33968656You bow. "I'm Daisuke Harutora."Her eyebrows go up. "Would that be the same Daisuke Harutora that was involved in a certain educational scandal?"Oh no.She nods. "I would be honored to be able to count you as part of our numbers. PAGAN stands for everything that makes Japan unique and great. You are your friends are welcome to join our team.""Well," Star says. "I'm sorry, but we're going to have to decline. We're already on a team.""I'm sorry?" Rei asks."Star..." Akira says."No. She's made us out like we're some kind of malignant cancer that's corrupting Japan, when we've done more to help people than this woman ever has." Star says. "We're NOT failures, and we're NOT trash!""Star, no one is saying that we are." Akira says."We're the Ghostbusters," Star says. "And you're just...you're just a phony with a megaphone. I bet you've never even SEEN a real ghost!"Rei blinks in surprise and looks at the rest of you. "You're...really the ghostbusters?"You sigh and nod."Well...then I guess that you don't want a PAGAN jacket." Rei says turning back to the van."Rei," Sato says. "Can we just talk about this?""I appreciate you coming up to me and being polite unlike P-COC was." Rei says, ice on every syllable. "But I will NOT change my views on your organization or its practices. I will also NOT apologize for MY actions. I stand by my convictions and my actions. I don't think we have anything more to say to each other. Good. Day."Sato looks dejected. Star looks like she's about three seconds away from punching Rei.> Miss Kachidoki, can we just talk about this, maybe negotiate things? There's no reason we have to be enemies.> Thank you for meeting with us Miss Kachidoki. Maybe we'll be able to talk later. Have a pleasant day. Come on guys, lets go. > Star's not wrong you know, Miss Kachidoi. I bet you've never even seen a real ghost in your life. You're just another fraud. Screw You.> Walk away silently. > Other
>>33969226>>33969167>>33969141>splitting the party>trusting Sato
>>33969475Splitting the party has been a viable and sucessful option on several occasions.Also, guess this time it wasn't Sato's fault for the fuckup. Goddamit Star.
>>33969447>OtherAsk if Sato can just talk to her for a little bit. We don't have to hate each other, we can talk and come to some agreement or understanding. We care about ghosts too. Just look at Yurei or those trash ghosts. On the other hand, there are some pretty fucking bad ghosts that are like serial killers. Sato can tell her all about it.Whatever she says, go inside the PCOC building and get shit done.
>>33969447>Miss Kachidoki, can we just talk about this, maybe negotiate things? There's no reason we have to be enemies.I bet we have a few things in common and she would be a good ally or at least non-enemy if possible.
>>33969531>On the other hand, there are some pretty fucking bad ghosts that are like serial killers. Sato can tell her all about it.Maybe not that, I do like the sound of the others.
>>33969557Just explain that ghosts are like living people. Some good, some bad.
>>33969447Poor SatoI was hoping that he could stay there and learn the structure and actions of PAGANI am good with this>>33969531
>>33969447> OtherWait! Miss Kachidoki... would you like to see one?
>>33969447Ms. Katchidoki, I think we got off on the wrong foot. Despite what you may have heard we don't count ghosts as the enemy... Well, most of us. We serve the same purpose as exorcisms and demon hunters do; we follow people into the darkness so that they can see the light of day again. The only difference is our methods, which are actually subordinate to any acting shaman in the area. In fact, the handbook specifically states that we are to defer to their authority in cases where we work together. We're not bad people, ma'am, we're the Ghostbusters. And no matter what, we're ready to believe you.
>>33969447Politely leave.This is what you guys get for trusting our useless teammates.
>>33969447>Other>Would you like to meet a ghost, miss Kachidoi?
>>33969640proceed to Unzip
>>33969447>> Thank you for meeting with us Miss Kachidoki. Maybe we'll be able to talk later. Have a pleasant day. Come on guys, lets go.
>Sato and Yurei do public relations
If we do pull Yurei out, introduce her as a member of the ghostbusters and not just as our pet ghost.
>>33969640>>33969693You imbeciles.Did you forget Yurei is still dissolving from the booze?And those other ghosts are delinquents
>>33969752It was said that given time the effects would wear off naturally furthermore we now have the stabilization equipment and it can be said that we cured her already.
>>33969752It's been three days, she should be better, right?
>>33969693>>33969640Going with this. Might as well be nice... ish... to the lady.
>>33969447> Miss Kachidoki, can we just talk about this, maybe negotiate things? There's no reason we have to be enemies.>And we still want those Jackets.
>>33969752I don't recall how much time had passed since the Raid and Ghostmaster would warn us if we couldn't do it.
>>33969771At least four counting in the day we took to get Umi and her friends.
>>33969773>>33969693>>33969640"Did Yurei sneak her Chyme onto YOMI-1 again?" You ask."Oh no." Akira groans.> Roll 1d6
Rolled 3>>33969814Let's see how badly things turn out; disastrous or catastrophic.
>>33969842>>33969837Prepare to get spooked!
>>33969834>>33969837>>33969842Well now, lucky 3 and 2 crit 6's.
>>33969834>>33969837>>33969842>>33969861These are some damn good Yurei rolls
>>33969893Maybe we stabilized her form so well she can talk! If only in ghostly snippets of words.mute yurei is cute yurei tho
>>33969447> Miss Kachidoki, can we just talk about this, maybe negotiate things? There's no reason we have to be enemies.Diasuke is fairly diplomatic. He would at least try to get them to see both sides. Maybe Sato can show her one of their ghost friends.
>>33969447>"But I will NOT change my views on your organization or its practices. I will also NOT apologize for MY actions. I stand by my convictions and my actions. I don't think we have anything more to say to each other.""Well, there is just one thing left, actually...""While I'm not exactly pleased that this conversation has taken a antagonistic tone, I do respect the fact that you've got something to stand up with. And you don't have any reason to apologize for standing up with your convictions. I've done it before. I wouldn't think of denying someone else of doing the same.""Best of luck to you. I really mean it.">This turned out more awkward then I had meant...
>>33969447>>33969447> Actually, I think you'll find that we do keep to a few of Pagan's beliefs, Miss Kachidoki. We have a ghost on our staff, and recently accepted a contract to help several ghosts who were trapped in a sewer. Said ghosts will now live with us till they decide otherwise.Supporting >>33969657 as well.
>Yurei comes out in her Ghostbuster uniform>Sato regales everyone with stories of us hunting the big three and saving trapped souls>Yurei provides dramatic music
>>33969814>>33969942WELL, NEVER MIND THEN!
>>33969837Akira opens up the van and digs around, and then he comes up with the outdated MP3 player. Yurei's on the screen in her ghostbuster uniform."You know, I don't care how cute you look in that uniform." Akira says. "Next time, ASK. Here, Daisuke wants you to give PAGAN more trouble."He hands you a (slightly blushing) Yurei.You go back to Rei, who's handing out more PAGAN coats."I'm not taking down the effigies." She snaps. "Although I will say for the record that PAGAN is against violence, and that display is NOT meant as a threat to you personally or to your organization, but rather the Pro-Western Imperialist concepts that they venerate.""Miss Kachidoki." You say. "Would you like to see a REAL ghost?""Excuse me?" She says.You hold out the Chyme and Yurei appears on the screen in her 'ghost garb' costume."This is what? A video clip?" Rei asks.- - I AM A REAL GHOST, MISS KACHIDOKI. - -"Okay, so one of your friends is texting. Look, I'm trying to run a serious rally. I have better things to do than play games with dupes for the hostile machinery of an oppressive system."> Forget that you're at P-COC HQ, and surrounded by a crowd of fanatics, priestesses, exorcists, and other. You're going to show Rei a little slice of truth. "Yurei...come on out and have some fun."> You know all those reasons just listed? Yeah, that's probably a decent start for all the good reasons why Yurei shouldn't come out of her Chyme. Just walk away. It's not worth it, and if Rei makes another implication that the Ghostbusters are either trash or a damaging influence, Star's going to hit her.> Other
>>33970081>> You know all those reasons just listed? Yeah, that's probably a decent start for all the good reasons why Yurei shouldn't come out of her Chyme. Just walk away. It's not worth it, and if Rei makes another implication that the Ghostbusters are either trash or a damaging influence, Star's going to hit her.Look guys, there are none so blind as those who won't see. Give it up and continue mission.
>>33970081Summon a ghost in a crowd of exorcists?heh.But to throw this idea a bone, admittedly she isn't the malicious type which might have some influence, in the least she's not rampaging.Furthermore, it might be possible the background PKE from all the different mystics and paranormal scientists could hide even her presence.And if it boils down to it, we can always trap her ourselves. "Don't mind us! Just the ghostbusters doing our job!" but that would blow our cover completely.
>>33970081>You know all those reasons just listed? Yeah, that's probably a decent start for all the good reasons why Yurei shouldn't come out of her Chyme. Just walk away. It's not worth it, and if Rei makes another implication that the Ghostbusters are either trash or a damaging influence, Star's going to hit her.She comes out, we roll fours, then shit hits the fan. Not risking her again.
>>33970081>Forget that you're at P-COC HQ, and surrounded by a crowd of fanatics, priestesses, exorcists, and other. You're going to show Rei a little slice of truth. "Yurei...come on out and have some fun."Rei, when somebody says they are a ghost, what do you tell them?
>>33970170Gonna have to agree.>>33970081>OtherCan we arrange a private demonstration?
>>33970081> Forget that you're at P-COC HQ, and surrounded by a crowd of fanatics, priestesses, exorcists, and other. You're going to show Rei a little slice of truth. "Yurei...come on out and have some fun."This. So much this. We're the ghostbusters. And if what PAGAN says holds any salt in their eyes, they should handle this.
Damn and those were some kickass rolls to summon Yurei too.
>>33970081>Forget that you're at P-COC HQ, and surrounded by a crowd of fanatics, priestesses, exorcists, and other. You're going to show Rei a little slice of truth. "Yurei...come on out and have some fun."I am well aware that this is a dumb idea, but that's never stopped the Ghostbusters before!
>>33970081> Forget that you're at P-COC HQ, and surrounded by a crowd of fanatics, priestesses, exorcists, and other. You're going to show Rei a little slice of truth. "Yurei...come on out and have some fun."This is going to be so much fun.
>>33970081>OtherTell her that you'll head with the Chyme to any of the nearby buildings, where there aren't many people nearby, and let her out to prove it. We might gain an ally, and this will prevent the exorcists from getting Yurei.
>>33970081> Forget that you're at P-COC HQ, and surrounded by a crowd of fanatics, priestesses, exorcists, and other. You're going to show Rei a little slice of truth. "Yurei...come on out and have some fun."This has got to be too dumb not to work.
>>33970081>> Forget that you're at P-COC HQ, and surrounded by a crowd of fanatics, priestesses, exorcists, and other. You're going to show Rei a little slice of truth. "Yurei...come on out and have some fun."This is a terrible goddamn idea.Let's do it.
>>33970194>>33970278Controllable damageI agree. Voted
>>33970081I honestly think that the dumber ideas tend to work the best.
>>33970278At least that would hide her visibly, not sure about the psychics but again it depends whether there is psychic static or if it would light her up like a christmas tree.I suppose we can recall her and if they start barging in we say "busted" and put her in an ecto-bag and claim ghostbuster evidence priority. But then the gig is up and they know we're here, unless we run away in time and have PAGAN make a distraction if we get Rei on our side.
>>33970081> Forget that you're at P-COC HQ, and surrounded by a crowd of fanatics, priestesses, exorcists, and other. You're going to show Rei a little slice of truth. "Yurei...come on out and have some fun."
>>33970278Jesus christ this if you're going to push for such a retardedly risky idea at LEAST make it away from visible view, dammit.
>>33970378She's already here. If the psychics aren't detecting her now, there's not much more that they can get to feel her when she's further away.
>>33970192>>33970201>>33970261You narrow your eyes at Rei, and take a deep breath."Yurei...come out and say hello."Yurei does her part very well. She makes the Chyme rattle and vibrate and she oozes out from it in a white mist.Then she pops into existence in front of Rei, and her assistant. In all her white garbed, legless, semi-translucent glory.She causes a PAGAN coat to levitate out of a box and she drapes it around herself and models herself to you with a 'Do you think Akira would like it?' look on her face.> Roll 3d6, highest roll plays
Rolled 5, 2, 1 = 8>>33970414oh god
>>33970403Except hiding in objects, especially associated objects, does a significant amount to mask a PKE presence.
Rolled 4, 6, 1 = 11>>33970414Next outfit, please.
Rolled 3, 3, 3 = 9>>33970414Oh boy. Let's do it!
Rolled 6, 3, 1 = 10>>33970414
>>33970463>11>one 4Shat, at least there's a 6 in there.
>>33970463I am so sorry.
>>33970467>three threesI'd say that counters a four, right?
>>33970467Holy shit, that's some seriously good luck right there.
>>33970479That would've been very lucky, not a triple 6, but alas it's 2nd highest.
>>33970537Maybe it's so lucky it counts as a crit?
>>33970463Wonder what the separate die are for.
>>33970666Probably all the different groups watching us right now and how they react?
>>33970467>>33970463(I'll let both play.)Jiro, the assistant, has his mouth open, close, and then open again. He makes a kind of a sound that's not quite identifiable, and then he collapses onto the ground.Rei takes a step forward, and holds out her hand. Yurei smiles at her and waves her own hand through her.Then something happens. Yurei instantly stops messing around the moment her hand passes through Rei's flesh. She puts the PAGAN jacket pack, and then...drops to her hands and knees in a formal apology bow."It's...it's okay?" Rei stammers.Yurei then floats back up, and she looks at you very confused in a 'what just happened?' way. Then she goes back inside the Chyme.Rei takes a few steps and then sits down in the van. She blinks. "How...who...what?""Yurei is the ghost of a young girl." You say. "We discovered her and we freed her from the business that she was disrupting. She's...waiting for her chance to cross-over. Until then, she's been helping us and we consider her a friend.""I...I...wait...was this the same ghost that scared the group away that went to protest your factory?" Rei says."Did you send them?" Star snaps. "Cause we have damage reports and noise complaints from a shinto temple that's near us.""It was not an action that was sanctioned by PAGAN administration, although we champion members who take initiative." Rei rattles off.She nods. "Alright...so...what was that then? A threat to make us back off or you'll sick your...your...house ghosts on us?""Seriously?!" Star says."Rei," Sato says. "As the ancients say: Not all men who carry swords wish to see blood upon them.""Hmph," Rei says. "Is it not written: The Sword of Steel is dull against the Sword of Fear when wielded correctly?""Something like that." Sato says. "But we're trying to show you that we're not going around stomping on ghosts and yokai and others...right Akira?""Yeah, yeah." Akira says. "We're happy families with plenty of them."(cont)
>>33970877"Right," Sato says. "We just think that maybe PAGAN should...be a bit more aware about what's going on. I mean before it ends up with us getting burnt at the stake.""I told you, they don't represen-""Okay, if you finish that sentence I WILL hit you!" Star says."Star!" Akira says. He grabs her shoulder. "Let's go call Sachiko and see if she's here."The pair head off.Sato looks at you and shrugs. "Star has her triggers." He goes back to Rei. "Anyway, we'd love to show you more...maybe we could meet later? Just you know, you and me...us...the Ghostbusters...and get you a better idea of what's happening?"Rei nods. "Yes...yes. I'd like that." She shakes her head. "I mean, to get informed...about...about stuff like that.""Excellent." Sato says. "That's...well that's just great." He beams at you.> So, Miss Kachidoki, do you think you might want to stop your rally? I mean, before people get hurt and before the press get the wrong message from PAGAN?> So, Miss Kachidoki, we'll leave you to your rally and protest. However, could you PLEASE stop with the anti-ghostbuster rhetoric? We don't want to have people get the wrong idea.> Other
>>33971081Alright, now we're (possibly) in control of the rally and we need to think REALLY carefully about our stance on the rally and how good/bad it is for our situation
>>33971081> So, Miss Kachidoki, we'll leave you to your rally and protest. However, could you PLEASE stop with the anti-ghostbuster rhetoric? We don't want to have people get the wrong idea.
>>33971081>So, Miss Kachidoki, we'll leave you to your rally and protest. However, could you PLEASE stop with the anti-ghostbuster rhetoric? We don't want to have people get the wrong idea.We could use the distraction while we do sneaky stuff.
>>33971081>Other"So, Miss Kachidoki, do you think you could tone down your rally, before people get hurt? There is a LOT of emotional energy here, and while not all shamans and miko's can equal a nuclear accelerator in pure power, with this much energy, they come very close."
>>33971124>>33971138>>33971149But will that tip people off? There might be suspicions both within Pagan and the PCOC as to "why have they suddenly stopped the Ghostbuster hate?"
>>33971164>>33971081Yes. Hide the puppets from the puppeteer.
>>33971168Nah, Rei seems like a clever political type and I bet she can spin it as focusing on the greater threat for the moment and "you'll get yours one day Ghostbusters!"
>>33971164Very much this. Protests allow people to voice their concerns peacefully, and it is that peaceful nature that must be encouraged while discouraging non-peaceful things.PAGAN has every right to be here, but things need to calm down.
>>33971312>>33971253Well, I hope that calming down the situation is good for us and not just giving the puppetmasters of PCOC more breathing space.I just wonder if a full on riot is bad for them, good for them, or entirely unrelated and a nonfactor for them.
>>33971343Oh I'm not suggesting we calm them down, just point them away from us. I'm not sure how I feel about a potential riot, but I'm quite certain that I don't want their full fury bearing down on us.
>>33971164This. I like this. Make sure and say we totally support rallies and speaking out, it's a great way for people to express their opinions, but with all this power in one spot...?
>>33971430This is truth, though we are still undercover right now.
>>33971343I think the PAGAN presence here is entirely meant to deter us, and is indeed not a factor that could help or hinder them (bar them beating us back).
>>33971164I like calming down.
>>33971124>>33971138>>33971138"So, Miss Kachidoki, we'll leave you to your rally and protest. However, could you PLEASE stop with the anti-ghostbuster rhetoric? We don't want to have people get the wrong idea."She nods. "I'll...uhhh...I'll...I'll think about it. But, I'll call you.""Really?" Sato asks, excited. You give him a look. "I mean, yeah, sure. We'll show you what we know and...yeah.""I just need to...oh Jiro!" She goes to her unconscious partner. "Yo!" You hear Sato yell. You turn and see him waving, he's standing with Star and Sachiko.You leave the PAGANites to their brave new world that has such things in it, and hook up with the others."Setting you all on fire." Sachiko says. "Why didn't I ever think of that?""Good to see you too, vampire hunter." Sato says with a smile.Sachiko turns to Star and slightly pushes her. "You said you wouldn't tell.""You said that I could borrow those boots." Star says."They didn't fit you!" Sachiko says."Enough." You say. "So...are you seriously going to go in there?"Sachiko shrugs. "I dunno. I think I better, since I agreed. Three times. But...well, I could blame it on this riot, or say I got another bee sting.""They'd probably make you do it another day though." Sato says."Well..." Akira says. "We could come in with you.""They know our faces Akira." Star says."We could put a hidden camera on Sachiko and a microphone in her ear!" Sato says."Okay, James Bond...we don't HAVE micro cameras or microphones like that with us." Star says. "Do we?"Sato shrugs. "We could mash something together.""Well..." Star says. "We do have Yurei. Sachiko, you could carry in her Chyme and she could spy for us, she can send texts to our phones from this distance and get them. Especially since the area's so PKE charged.""Or, you could just let me go in by myself." Sachiko says.> Go in with Sachiko> Try to make spy camera> Use Yurei> Let Sachiko go alone> Have Sachiko blow this thing off> Other
>>33971581Escort her in as her own personal secret service.
>>33971581>Use YureiI don't think we can throw together anything useful or concealed this quickly, but we need a friendly eye inside just in case.
>>33971081>>33971430I don't think we should stop them now, per say, but just ask if they.could discuss the matter in the future.Also ask her to convey our apologies to Jiro.
>>33971581>"They'd probably make you do it another day though." Sato says.Another day is all we need.Hrm, I wonder if we could gauge the Pagan priestesses for their PKE abilities to see if they are hindered in anyway.
>>33971581>OtherUse Yurei, and go in ourselves "on an unrelated zoning permit issue".
>>33971646>the Pagan priestesses for their PKE abilitiesI don't think any of the PAGAN "priestesses" are actual miko's, and instead just wearing the costume.
>>33971581> Go in with SachikoWe're here to pay fines or make a request for Permit A-308.Also, our friend is attending a conference, so we thought we'd come along.
>>33971581> Use Yurei> Have Daisuke go with as her lawyer/representative.
>>33971673That might be a gross stereotype of them to dismiss that there are actual Miko's who support their ideals.Even if it's probably correct.
>>33971581>Go in with SachikoMaybe we can try to pay a fine? Not all of them obviously, just one or two of the more reasonable ones.
>>33971581> Go in with Sachiko
>>33971626I say we DON'T use her, something made her step back at the rally. P-COC might be worse.
>>33971581Too bad we don't have any disguises.We could enter first, then have Sachiko try to sneak in and out, thereby fulfilling the letter of the agreement, if not the spirit.Like we act like we're here on an unrelated matter, and try to scope the scene.
>>33971720Sounds good, but how in depth is the paperwork?>>33971581
>>33971581I think we go in first, then Sachiko comes in 15-30 mins later. We got many things we can use. We're in plains clothes due to the rally, Sachiko got delayed due to the rally. Just blame the rally for all that is bad.
>>33971581>OtherOr possibly additionHave her go in with Yurei, but only to find out more about the thing. She didn't promise to be IN it, mind you. Have her say she plans to bail if she doesn't like it.
>>33971798We are in plainclothes, which might help a little bit at least.
what about our equipment guys? If shit goes down in the PCOC place, do we have a contingency plan on how we're going to reach our stuff in there?
>>33971827Maybe we should leave someone behind in the van?
>>33971798If we had spare uniforms, we could have Sachiko wear one, with the goggles on, and with different hair and makeup.That way, she could make the appointment but they wouldn't recognize her.
>>33971889This... might work...
>>33971804Sachiko has.like a three hour window of time right?How close are we to the end of that window?
>>33971889That's incredibly devious and yet technically not illegal. I like it!
>>33971889Hell in theory if we dress her up as a Ghostbuster and have her be yelled out."So you want me to leave?""Yes!""You don't want me to be here?""YES""And you don't want me to attend the Registration""FOR THE THIRD TIME YES""Alright, just checking."
>>33971940The problem is that we don't know how powerful their spells are, or if there even is a spell, and we barely have an in character reason to worry, plus Sachiko being outed as an associate of ours might be even worse somehow.Whole situation is fucked.
>>33971990Okay, now we HAVE to do this.
>>33971990This.THIS so very much.
"Let's all go in...but we won't be 'with' you Sachiko." You say. "You can pretend like you don't even know us.""Oh, so like every other day then." Sachiko says."Ha. Ha." Akira says."Anyway, we'll be there for zoning issue, or to pay a fine, or whatever." You say. "Then you'll show up, and...we'll go from there.""I like this plan." Sachiko says. "Well planned...and yet...useless." She sighs. "Okay, let's go."You make your way through the rally, which is turning less 'riot-y' and more 'festival-ly' in nature, especially with Rei turning her screaming rhetoric AWAY from 'Tear down the oppressors' and more 'Celebrate your culture.' Also someone's selling popsicles and when that happens it's really only an awning and a goldfish away from a full on festival.P-COC's doors are large, glass and guarded. Not aggressively, but there's a handful of people in police uniforms making sure that no one is there to make trouble.It's rather impressive for a civil service organization really. How did they manage to get a whole building to themselves? The impressively large reception room with sufficiently small, marble, sign in desk, all reek of money that's on a level that's above what you think anyone would give P-COC.Although what might explain it is the list of donors on the wall. A large stone tablet that has lists of names of people that have donated to the P-COC cause. It's set up in the wall, right next to a large mural. > Roll 1d20
>>33971889>>33971990As funny as that is, the fact that she has to put her name and shrine down, and have it be compared to their list, pretty much says this plan is stupid. Recognizing her visually was never going to come up because she has to sign in.
Rolled 11>>33972222Oh boy here we go
Rolled 19>>33972222Our luck had to run out sometime.
>>33971990DO EET! Let us troll the beurocrats!
>>33972252But not just yet evidently!
>>33972252But it is not THIS time
>>33971889>>33971990Both of these would be so amazing to use.
>>33972252Nice>>33972222Also, Rei is pretty based.
>>33972226Well, if we did the ghostbusters thing they'd of kicked her out before she had a chance to sign her name. . .and she'd have a legitimate reason not to be there.
>>33972335Sachiko will wear the Ghostbusters uniform one day. ONE DAY
>>33972252The dice gods love to contradict what you say, isn't that wonderful?
>>33972252The mural is unusual in a couple of ways.1) It's giving off a PKE reading.2) The whole thing is sealed within glass. Not just covered, but it looks like the mural itself was put inside a glass box and that glass box was sealed close, then it was hung up on the wall.3) The kimono is real. It's not painted on, but rather the painting was made around the kimono. The kimono in the painting, is an actual dress that's meant to be worn.4) The kimono...well it looks weird. If you stand on one side of the room it's a brilliant red, if you move to the other, its orangish. It must be the fabric, because it seems to shimmer.5) The glass is warm to the touch.Well, you aren't sure what that all means together, but there you go. Another P-COC mystery.You did however, get a very clever plan. You walk up to Sachiko and whisper to her the idea. She breaks out into a huge smile and then nods.You come back and rejoin the others, as they're filling out the forms for arrival. The secretary gives you a milk-curdling look and groans."You ALL came?" She asks. (You can see that there's photos of you four from the newspaper taped to her desk.)"We Ghostbusters are a united front. One for all, and all for the good of the company!" Sato says cheerfully."Ugh." The secretary groans. "Okay, fine. What are you here for?"> To discuss a zoning issue regarding a housing project we've been asked to help with.> We're here to talk about some of the fees that we've recently acquired and discuss payment options.> We're here to file a complaint about PAGAN, looks like you've got problems with them too.> We're here to do our duty and sign up for the Japan P-COC Registry.> Other
>>33972598>To discuss a zoning issue regarding a housing project we've been asked to help with.We can be good Samaritans without stepping on anyone's toes while still being as obstructive as possible.
>>33972598In the end, we need to do something that gets us (Saichiko) kicked out of the Registration.But we also need a reason to stay long enough to investigate the mural.Let's see what we can come up with.
>>33972598> To discuss a zoning issue regarding a housing project we've been asked to help with.
>>33972598>We're here to talk about some of the fees that we've recently acquired and discuss payment options.If we actually did talk to P-COC about the zoning permits, then the arco would get stonewalled just by being associated with us. It's better for them if Rini or some other Youkai with legal Japanese residence were to apply for the permits.Filing a complain about PAGAN would be counter to the tentative truce we just got.Signing up for the Registry just stinks of "BAD IDEA".So the fees are the safest option, especially since P-COC knows they can't make us pay.
>>33972725>Signing up for the Registry just stinks of "BAD IDEA".We can't though, Peck adamantly refuses to let the ghostbusters have a penny of PCOC funding and they have pictures of us on their desk.
>>33972690>>33972720The permits would get caught up in red tape if it's the Ghostbusters asking for them.
>>33972598>>33972725I'll get behind this.
>>33972598>We're here to talk about some of the fees that we've recently acquired and discuss payment options.We're the worst possible advocates for the zoning issue, so let's focus on something they can't actually do much about.
>>33972759Which is why I want to see if we can trick them to kick us out as well as Saichiko.I would like to suggest have Saichiko speak for us in a way that can accomplish that."Hi, we're here to sign up for the JAPAN P-COC Registry.""Yeah, no, Walter Peck refuses.""So what you are saying is I and my colleagues can't sign up?">Repeat thrice"Very well, I guess /me/ and my friends are officially forbidden to register. Oh, we're also here to talk about some of the fees that we've recently acquired and discuss payment options."
>>33972759What if we say that Sachiko is registered and she's a member of the Ghostbusters.Then get into a big fake argument about whether she joined or not.
>>33972720Changing to >fees
>>33972598Maybe we can just say"We'd like to know more about the Registry?"
>>33972846Will that work though? I'm worried they might see through it and find a loophole to force us on to the registry, which would make our situation a whole lot worse.
>>33972598> We're here to talk about some of the fees that we've recently acquired and discuss payment options.Also ask if they ever expected to hear those words coming out of our mouths.Honestly, this IS the best option. We are the WORST spokesmen for the sanctuary with P-COC, and it would be good to have a group of humans on our side, so we shouldn't get PAGAN angry.
>>33972916It's worth a shot, and there is virtually no reason the PCOC would ever want us to register, they hardly even like us.
>>33972819This is true.Let's find an excuse to get Sachiko kicked out.
>>33972598>We're here to talk about some of the fees that we've recently acquired and discuss payment options.Ask if Sachiko is liable for any fees, because she hangs out with us.
>>33972965Except that if the Registry is part of some plan to control all of the Registered by dint of them having signed a Contract, we would also be under their control.P-COC might not want anything to do with us, but the youkai (and Lady Une) who control P-COC Japan would love to have that kind of control over us.
>>33973075But if contracts matter, wouldn't the Japanese P-COC branch get considerable backlash from Peck?I agree it's probably too risky though, but it might be necessary.
>>33973075that would depend if she would even anticipate us wanting to register, which in all likelihood there is no indication we would. We can always /ask/ about the registration, and I really wish we would. Especially if we can get clarification on the Ghostbusters status concerning it.
>>33973142Yeah, whatever we do we ASK about the registration and the ghosbusters.
>>33972725>>33972819>>33972960"We're here to talk about some of the fees that we've recently acquired and discuss payment options." You say.The secretary blinks. Twice. "Really?""Yeah." You say."One moment." She says. Then she picks up the phone. "Yes. Yes, it's them. They say they're here to pay off their fees." A pause. "Yeah. That's what they said! I'm not joking. No...no...no, but I can't tell if they've been hit on the head or not just by looking...okay. Umm...okay." She puts down the phone and gestures to a row of semi-comfortable looking seats. "Wait there. Someone will be with you."You all head over to the seats. There's a crowd of priestesses and mikos waiting there already. They all have pieces of paper with numbers on it.A few minutes pass, and Sachiko joins you. She's holding her own number."They didn't really give me a chance to say anything." She says to you. "They had me sign in, and then they gave me a number and told me to wait.""For how long?" You ask.She shrugs. "I asked them that. They said it would take as long as it takes. I could BE here all DAY. I just had to SIGN IN by the time they ordered." The priestess sits down in a chair. "They say that if we want food or bathrooms that we're free to use the cafeteria and facilities on this floor behind those doors.""Huh." You say. There's probably stairs and elevators behind those doors as well.> If you went as a big group, you could maybe slip away and head upstairs to do...something...look you'll figure it out when you get there.> Simple method would just to tell the secretary you need to use the facility.> If someone else make a big enough diversion, someone could slip by and maybe even get up stairs.> Wait it out. See what's up with that mural maybe. Hopefully someone will be out to see you.> You guys and Sachiko could cause a scene. Maybe get you all thrown out. That'd at least make things easier.> Other
>>33973238>"They didn't really give me a chance to say anything." She says to you. "They had me sign in, and then they gave me a number and told me to wait."Dammit, knew we should've dressed her up as a ghostbuster and had her skip the line to be with us!Furthermore the PCOC know we're in the building now.And they're bringing in our bill. . .NOOOO
>>33973238>You guys and Sachiko could cause a scene. Maybe get you all thrown out. That'd at least make things easier.All they said she had to do was show up, and nobody does barely-controlled chaos like the Ghostbusters!
>>33973238I wonder, can we look at the sign-in form. It could be the one thing they really need to sign and when they wait, the trap is sprung.
>>33973238>OtherHave Star take pics of the mural with her cellphone. Daisuke to say he's going to the bathroom, and use the opportunity to snoop around.Tell Sato and Akira that if someone does come by to talk about the fee's, give a whole long spiel about "unexpected expenses" and "unforeseen financial limitations" and talk about payment options. Basically stall.Otherwise, have them and Sachiko ask around about this Registration Act.
>>33973342There' no point in having Sachko thrown out now that she's already signed
>>33973238> If you went as a big group, you could maybe slip away and head upstairs to do...something...look you'll figure it out when you get there.Let's just get this going along Ghostbusters SOP
So, the plan is somehow to swap the Mediums and Guides from being tied to Japan, to P-COC. That dress is VERY important to all of this. Have Sachiko identify it. Leaving isn't good enough, they're preparing something nasty and we have to figure out what it is and stop it.
>>33973367Sounds like a good, slightly thought out plan. I say we go with this.
>>33973238>If someone else make a big enough diversion, someone could slip by and maybe even get up stairs.I'm pretty sure we should have asked about registration. Asking about fines is just more stalling, without any goals.This whole situation is fucked now.
We also have this weird mural to deal with, we can't just leave it there. Argh, so much to do so few options
EVERYBODY HOLD THE PHONE. STOP.The threads in Saichiko's vision were RED.The kimono in the sealed glass box is RED and likely made of threads.That thing is related to this.
>>33973633If we can get rid of that Kimino, we might potentially get rid of the strings that cause those who register here to "dance like marionettes"I am tempted to bring our equipment in this building, scan it with the PKE and say "There's something in this mural", giving us the authority to crack it open and investigate.
>>33973238>If someone else make a big enough diversion, someone could slip by and maybe even get up stairs.If controlled chaos is the goal, this is the best way to do that while still accomplishing something.
>>33973367You quietly issue your suggestions to the others, and then head over to the receptionist. Slightly hopping."Restroom? PLEASE?" You ask in a tone that asks for a prompt answer."Behind me, through those doors, second door on the left." The secretary says."Thank you!" You say.> You have the team split into three now. Since this is all happening at the same time, we're going to have to go from one group to the next, to the next, to the next. You can pick in any order, but what happens in one scenario may effect what's going on to the others.> Daisuke's attempt at Stealth> Sato and Akira's fee routine> Star and Sachiko's art appreciation
>>33973709> Sato and Akira's fee routine
>>33973709>Sato and Akira's fee routineJust because they're the most likely to fuck up.
>>33973709>Sato and Akira's fee routineWe make this long, drawn out, and keep the guy there, and we can give bonuses to the other two.
>>33973709>Sato and Akira's fee routineThey need the help most so as to buy Daisuke as much time as possible.
>>33973709> Sato and Akira's fee routineWe really need to do this.
>>33973747After Daisuke leaves another man enters the room. He looks like a normal salaryman."Ghostbusters?" He asks the crowd.Daisuke and Akira stand up and walk over. They bow. "That's us.""Basho Koenma." He says. "I...thought there were more of you?""They're outside dealing with PAGAN." Akira says. "Did you see those effigies of us?""Mph." Koenma says and motions for the pair to follow him. "We at P-COC have received orders from our central offices that PAGAN is best addressed by being ignored. We agree with the assessment. As long as they are not antagonized, our feeling is that they'll just get bored and go home.""A sound strategy." Sato says. "That leader of theirs though...shuch pass-OW!" Sato glares at Akira who has punched him in the arm. "Never mind."Koenma leads the pair across a sea of cubicles and office workers. It mostly looks like a call center."This is our incident reporting center." He says. "People call into us with their concerns and we record it and determine if it needs a response or not."> Roll 1d20
Rolled 4>>33973924Ghost roll
>>33973957....So it begans
Rolled 13>>33973924>>33973957Well we're already fucked.This is really getting old.
Rolled 6>>33973924>>33973957That's hate.
>>33973957What sorcery is this?
>>33973957Now, is it possible that ghost roll might lead to them overplaying their hand in screwing us over, or is it just general "you fail to do whatever it is you wanted to do"
>>33973975We are ye close to the kimono mural and potentially our biggest lead yet to what was in Saichiko's dreams. Whatever we do today, we need to investigate that and we'll be just a step closer to avoiding tragedy.
>>33974020Dark demon sorcery.
>>33974045We don't even know about the dreams.Hell, we barely have any reason to snoop around as it stands.
>>33974084It's giving off a PKE reading and there is visible psyhokinetic effects such as heat and shimmering. Really this should be more than enough for us to demand to investigate this thing, especially in such a supposedly clean place like the PCOC.
>>33974120I don't think we have any authority over them though.Like hell, we have ghosts just hanging around, not to mention our nuclear powered ghost traps.
>>33973957"Whoops, watch that." Koenma says as he points out a large bunch of cables on the ground. He laughs. "We're still trying to apply ergonomics to this place. We've got tripping hazards everywhere. To our shame. Oh, hello Koko."A woman holding a tray of marbles placed upon a satin cloth walks past you all without incident."What were those?" Akira asks as he follow Koenma. "Tools for another department." Koenma says. "Now...let's get your files regarding those fines."You go up another floor into a room that's a mass of file cabinets and people filling and emptying those cabinets. "This is our reference room. We keep all of our recorded cases here. Along with other things, like our fine record."He stops at a file cabinet and opens it and stars thumbing through the files. "We're hoping to computerize all of this, however we've been saddled with a lot of old errant files from other departments that were classified as 'odd' or 'occultist' which means we have to deal with them. Hopefully, once the registry is complete, we'll be able to...blah blah blah...." Koenma keeps talking and talking about nothing.> Roll 1d20
>>33974120We can pull it out as a last resort, if we're about to get thrown out without having found anything.[sarcasm]I'm sure that P-COC Japan has a perfectly good explanation for having such a thing in their office that would satisfy Peck[/sarcasm].
>>33974120>>33974084In the very least, the photo we took had Star take pictures of the mural>>33973367>>33973709If we do not do anything with it today, we can run its picture through the spectronalizer and confirm any paranormal presence within.
Rolled 4>>33974168...A ghost roll resulted in what should have been a hilarious misfortune, instead went perfectly well?Could it be that the true goal of the dice is to bring misfortune upon P-COC, since the goal is stalling?
Rolled 8>>33974168Well now I'm paranoid.
Rolled 6>>33974168Those marbles weren't marbles, were they?Souls of exorcists, perhaps?
>>33974166>I don't think we have any authority over them though.If we say we suspect a ghost in the building, we have full authority to investigate it, even if say that building is PCOC headquarters. That's our mission.
Rolled 5>>33974210>>33974215>>33974224Okay, the dice seed is obviously weighted towards low results.We should probably wait longer before rolling.
>>33974210...I'm not sure I like this quest anymore.This stupid quest and its stupid ghost rolls just fucking us over all the time, as if we're not capable of making bad enough decisions on our own.This just isn't fun.
After this, we should just go get our equipment and come back.
>>33974253Well leave then, I'm having fun and shitting myself too
>>33974210Ugh, Koenma is just so boring. Nothing he says is important at all.Just like this room. It is boring, and dull, and completely beneath Akira and Sato's notice.In fact..."Is that it?" Sato says, pointing at a file."Yes it is!" Koenma says. "Thank you.""No problem." Akira says. "Let's move on.""Indeed!" Koenma says and leads the party to the next floor. There's a bunch of small meeting rooms in this floor. The duo can see P-COC people talking to priestesses, mikos, exorcists, and other people.There's loud sounds of...something...coming from above."We're still doing some construction." Koenma says after it sounds like something big has moved overhead. "Sorry about the sounds.""It's okay." Sato says. "You should hear OUR place."Koenma makes a smile that doesn't reach his eyes. "Quite. Now, lets figure this out. Shall we?" He says as he lead the pair into a small meeting room.What follows next is a rather dull period of time where three men are looking over bills, checking them against bylaws, and then sorting them into piles. On the plus side, the Ghostbusters do NOT have to pay a good deal many of these fines, fees, and taxes.The bad side is that this is BORING.Sato yawns. "Excuse me." He says. "I'm just gonna go stretch my legs for a bit. Is that okay?"Sato and Koenma wave him off. They both looking over their own organization's handbooks.> Roll 1d20
>>33974267I don't think we're gonna be allowed to come back.Also given how we set out to buy time, but instead did the exact fucking opposite of that, I'm pretty sure we're not gonna have time to even find anything suspicious.The net result of this whole endeavor will be to make the characters suspect P-COC even LESS than they currently do, which is barely at all.Sure, part of that is due to our own poor decision making abilities, both last week and this one, but not all.
>>33974450Also, I take it Akira went to stretch his legs, right?
Rolled 16>>33974450Can we wait until the seed resets? Because this is seriously annoying when we know the dice are loaded against us.
Rolled 12>>33974450Well this sucks.
>>33974498Right sorry Akira stays with Koenma. That was my typo.
>>33974475We still noticed the strange mural with a PKE signature and by god that should be enough to warrant daisuke's attention.
>>33974525So that's the Ghost Roll.Sato's wandering somewhere and Akira is unsupervised.
Divide and conquer is their game?Well fuck that. Let's get our stuff and crash this party.
>>33974510Sato walks down the hall. He stops at a water cooler, and gets a drink, leafs through a gossip magazine on a table and tries to think of anything but protocol. He does watch what the other people are doing. As far as he can see through to the other meeting rooms the priestesses are being asked to do a couple of things. 1) Put a seal on the door with the P-COC member on the other side.2) Hold a novelty snow globe that changes colors.3) Pick a marble out of a tray. They're identical to the ones he saw the other woman carrying.After that, things start to get a little weird. Some people are thanked and led out of their rooms. Those people look rather upset.Some people are asked to sign a piece of paper that's inside a red leather folder.And some people...are challenged to tic-tac-toe. THEN they sign the piece of paper.Weird.Anyway, there's the fire alarm here...also someone left a cigarette in the ash tray. It's still smoldering.> You have time to do one thing without raising suspicion. You can do more, but it'll be a roll to see if you get caught.> You can pull the fire alarm NOW and run for it. People won't know it's you.> You can text Sachiko and the others about what's going on.> You can plant the cigarette in a place so that, in about six minutes or so, there will be a fire. Or at least enough smoke to set off the alarms.> Other
>>33974721>You can plant the cigarette in a place so that, in about six minutes or so, there will be a fire. Or at least enough smoke to set off the alarms.I guess?
>>33974721>You can plant the cigarette in a place so that, in about six minutes or so, there will be a fire. Or at least enough smoke to set off the alarms.Fire alarms are actually designed so that they eject non-soluble paint onto the hands of whoever pulls the lever, to prevent just this sort of thing.If this was an old building, I'd say the alarm might not have the security feature; but this is a swanky new building that P-COC has, and I wouldn't like to chance it.
>>33974721>You can plant the cigarette in a place so that, in about six minutes or so, there will be a fire. Or at least enough smoke to set off the alarms.Daisuke needs more time, we can't just pull the alarm now. I would like to text the others after we do this though.
>>33974721> You can plant the cigarette in a place so that, in about six minutes or so, there will be a fire. Or at least enough smoke to set off the alarms.P-COC prides itself on following the rules. Everyone will be escorted out.
>>33974721Some seriously organized contracting here. Enough to make a western suit and tie wearing demon cry.> You can plant the cigarette in a place so that, in about six minutes or so, there will be a fire. Or at least enough smoke to set off the alarms.
Rolled 12>>33974450Here goes for not wasting all our time...
>>33974721>>33974827>You can text Sachiko and the others about what's going on.I doubt that THAT is the Fire Sachiko was dreaming about. But I am worried.
>>33974721>You can text Sachiko and the others about what's going on.Let's not be the one to start the fire from Sachiko's dream.
>>33974819>>33974802>>33974778Sato picks up the cigarette, and puts it between the pages of the gossip magazine, and then leaves it on the chair.He goes back to the pair, who are still working through the fees."So," Sato asks. "How much do we owe?""More than I hoped, less than I feared." Akira says. "Isn't that what the ancients say?""Something like that." Sato says with a yawn.> Just wait for the fire to catch.> See if you can't text the others. (This will take a roll to see if you can do it without Koenma getting suspicious.)> Other
Rolled 6>>33974721> You can plant the cigarette in a place so that, in about six minutes or so, there will be a fire. Or at least enough smoke to set off the alarms.Be clever here...
>>33974907>See if you can't text the others. (This will take a roll to see if you can do it without Koenma getting suspicious.)People text all the time now a days....Is what I'd hope.
>>33974907>See if you can't text the others. (This will take a roll to see if you can do it without Koenma getting suspicious.)We need to keep in contact with everyone, if only to warn them about the fire alarms.
>>33974907>OtherTell Koenma that we need to check in with the rest of the team "who are outside dealing with PAGAN and to tell them of P-COC's recommended course of action".That way we can openly text them.
>>33974907>See if you can't text the others. (This will take a roll to see if you can do it without Koenma getting suspicious.)Totally innocuous.
Rolled 4>>33974907> See if you can't text the others. (This will take a roll to see if you can do it without Koenma getting suspicious.)Honestly, I cannot see why people would get too suspicious about texting in this day and age.
>>33974952Sounds good to me! Let's try to be subtle about it though and not throw PAGAN under the bus.
>>33974907> See if you can't text the others. (This will take a roll to see if you can do it without Koenma getting suspicious.)Honestly, I cannot see why people would get too suspicious about texting in this day and age.
>>33974977Canceling my vote!!!
>>33974977It's ok, I'm pretty sure the roll doesn't count until the first vote gets called. That being said, the seed is fucking ridiculous tonight.
>>33974907> See if you can't text the others. (This will take a roll to see if you can do it without Koenma getting suspicious.)Canceled my earlier vote got this because I set the wrong die.
>>33974907>Just wait for the fire to catch.We'd probably be given a d6.
>>33975115Nah, ridiculous it's rolling a 1 for 7 different rolls in HMQ. But thus is getting there.
>>33974952I'll just support this, because otherwise I wouldn't be surprised if he did count that 4 and is just waiting for one more roll.
>>33975163Sato takes out your phone and start texting."What are you doing?" Koenma asks."Texting. Seeing if everyone is okay, you know dealing with PAGAN and everything." Sato says."Oh, well...we aren't really supposed to be allowing texting in this floor of the building. Protocol..."> Roll 1d8
Rolled 4>>33975417Hopefully we'll just have to stop texting if we get a 4.Which we will, because this night sucks.
>>33975480>>33975500>>33975505Welp, least it wasn't my roll...
>>33975500Goddamit Sato, you had ONE job
>>33975500>>33975505...God damn it.Just... god damn it.
>this threadI'm going to bed. Fuck the PCOC.Just crash the party and be a menace.
>>33975500"So please. Put it away." Koenma says in a firm, but not unkind voice.Sato sighs and puts the phone away.A few minutes later the fire alarm goes off. The group behaves as it normally does, surprise and annoyance, and you all walk out into the hall and then..."SMOKE!" Koenma shrieks in hysterical panic. "FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! RUN RUN RUN RUN! WATCH YOUR NUTS! FUCK THAT BITCH IF I'M SETTING MY BALLS ON FIRE FOR HER! RUN!" He LUNGES past the two ghostbuster in a mad panicked tear to get OUT of there. "The hell?" Akira says."Come on, let's go!" Sato says.The pair head for the stairway and work their way down the stairs along with a crowd of other people who are a little disconcerted that there was smoke. However, this is just a calm, orderly, evacuation of a building.The two Ghostbusters walk out the main doors. Looking at each other, and they shrug."Well...I think that went well." Akira says.> Daisuke> Star and Sachiko
>>33975662>> Star and Sachiko
.....what's that giant racoon yokai with giant testes again?
>>33975662George Costanza?>Star and Sachiko
>>33975662>Star and SachikoSounds like that was a tanuki youkai; they're very concerned with their testicles.
>>33975662>Star and SachikoIt's show time, baby.>FUCK THAT BITCH IF I'M SETTING MY BALLS ON FIREScore one for entropy.
>>33975662Huh, I think that Kimono might actually BE the final avatar and it's somehow possessed or affected the employees here.
>>33975958The employees have been replaced by Youkai. We now have probable cause to call Beck and do a Raid on P-COC.
Okay, so, I was washing the dishes when this idea hit me:Kali mentioned warcrimes committed by the Imperial Japanese Army in WW2 in China as also affecting the paranormal entities living there as badly as living human population. Youkai are effectively immortal, in terms of lifespan, so it's very likely that many of the ones we go up against lived through that time.What if, when we need to be intimidating, we bring up Unit 731?Did they really think that Unit 731 only experimented on humans? Or that, when they turned over their research over to the United States Army, that they didn't use their paranormal warfare research notes to sweeten the deal?Did they forget that the Ghostbusters originated in America, from universities which had access to those notes?The IJA did things to the paranormal entities living in China, that they still haven't forgiven Japan for. Let's see how well they work on Japanese youkai.
>>33976014>acknowledging that Japan did shitty things during WWIIDo you even Japanese?
>>33975999We already have probable cause to investigate the mural anyway. . .
>>33975999We can't quite prove they're a Youkai.Also even if we are, don't we want to see Youkai more integrated into society?We need proof that not only are their Youkai, but they're also part of the genocidal "bring the darkness back" gang, who doesn't have the decency to have a cool name.
>>33976045If anyone would be up for it, I thought that Daisuke "the Right Thing must be done no matter the cost" Harutora would be it.
>>33975756Star and Sachiko are in the lobby, the other two idiots have left with a guy Sachiko identified as the guy who invited her in the first place."Decent enough guy." She says. "So...something about this painting?""Something about this kimono." Star says. She takes out her phone and takes a few photos of it. "It's giving off a PKE reading, and it's...weird. You touch the glass? It's warm, like 'warmer than it should be warm.' Also, the color changes.""Might just be the silk...but knowing us..." Sachiko sighs. "Okay, so...it's a woman with red hair standing in a phoenix's wake. Does that mean anything to you?"Star shrugs. "No. Not really. You?"> roll 1d20
>>33976014>>33976045Yeah, one of the many origins of the various Godzillas is that he's a spirit of vengance for the soldiers that died in WWII and were then whitewashed.
>>33976073Stop making up excuses to not do shit when the QM gives us shit to move the plot. We have plenty of cause, and Youkai in an insitution designed to monitor the supernatural and is now suddenly registering and recording exorcists and spirituals with a binding magical contract is bad juju.
Rolled 5>>33976120Can we please avoid a 4 this time?
Rolled 1>>33976120Let's see a nat 20.
Rolled 13>>33976120Kitto kitto kitto.
Rolled 18>>33976120The dice seed simply doesn't want to give us a break.
>>33976146Doesn't count, that roll is a 1d2-, not a 1d20.
Rolled 3>>33976120Time to not ring any bells.
>>33976146I was about to cuss you out, but then saw that you messed up the dice roll.So, whatever.
>>33976153Nah, we've reached the "lull us into a false sense of security" stage.
>>33976221Isn't that every stage of rolling?
>>33976263Nah, there's also the "grimly face the doom we know is coming"
>>33976147"Well, you know..." Sachiko says. "Plenty of urban legends about kimonos. There's the classic 'poisoned by embalming fluid' and the 'grabbed by a hand in the grave yard.' But those are urban legends that are so common that there are western versions." She sighs. "There's the tales of the Taisho Kimono, the Furisode-Kaji, and the Dress of Ten-Thousand Eyes.""Plenty to choose from huh?" Star says."Yep. It's a nice dress though." Sachiko says."Number 444?" A voice says."That's me." Sachiko says."Seriously?" Star asks."Yeah. My lucky number." Sachiko rolls her eyes.The girls go up to the desk where another woman is waiting for them. She smiles at the pair and looks at the paper in her hand. "Gankoji Sachiko?""That's me." She says."Welcome to P-COC, and thank you for joining the Registry. Let's get you in and out as quickly as possible, shall we? Please follow me." The woman says.The girls follow."I'm afraid your friend will have to wait here." The woman says after a few steps."She's my friend." Sachiko says. "Anyway, we've worked together.""Is...she an exorcist like yourself? She doesn't look like a priestess." The woman says."She's an exorcist. Yes. She should be put on the registry, the two of us. Is...that a problem? The two of us?" Sachiko says, taking a step closer to Star."NO! Oh no no...no. Ummm, wow...oh...okay." The woman smiles. "It's...No problem. We at P-COC embrace...I mean we don't EMBRACE but...ummm...let's move on. Shall we?"Star looks at Sachiko with a raised eyebrow. "The 'two' of us?""You so much as BREATHE a word to the boys about this and..." Sachiko says."Oh no. Trust me. I won't say a word...partner." She breaks into giggles. "Oh they'd kill us for doing this and not telling them. I'm amazed that she bought it.""Well, they're government officials. Also, with the others gone, we can at least have a LITTLE luck. They're jinxes, I swear." Sachiko says."True." Star says.(cont)
>>33976357There was a botched roll before mine, and a higher roll right after. Not sure if botches count.
>>33976459roll+1d2- is not valid.
>>33976357The girls are taken to the floor with the meeting rooms and shown to their own little room. It's not anything fancy. A room, a table, some chairs. There's a little box on the table."Okay." The woman says. "My name is Koko, by the by. A pleasure to meet the two of you.""The same." Sachiko says."Alright." She gets out some paper and makes a few notes. "The first test I'd like you two to do, is to seal that door." She points to the door you just came through. "I need to actually go get a few things, when I come back, I want to NOT be able to open that door. Okay?""Umm...how exactly are we supposed to do that?" Star asks.Koko smiles and shrugs. "Anyway you feel is best. Go ahead, be creative, and try your best! The only thing you CAN'T do is penny lock it or brace it with a chair. That's cheating! Now I'll be back in a few minutes. Good luck!"She leaves and closes the door behind her."Seriously?" Star asks."She left some paper for some seals." Sachiko says. "I could make one, for all the good it'll do. Do you have any slime or tech or stuff?""Not with me." Star says.> Tell Sachiko to do nothing, and tell Koko that we couldn't come up with an idea.> Tell Sachiko to make a seal...but flub it, make it poorly on purpose. (Though Sachiko might take offense at that. Remember her pride in her job)> Have Sachiko make a seal as properly as she can.> Other
>>33976357Oh yes, please god let us freak out the norms with the strange gay peoples.
>>33976476(I know, why do you think Sachiko's gambit worked. Also, you DID get the clue, I'm just not spelling it out for you.)
>>33976516>OtherUse a chair, Ghostbusters have no time for rules.
>>33976516> OtherBrace the door yourselves. She did say the only things we couldn't do is penny lock it or brace it with a chair.
>>33976516I don't know. Maybe make a seal that does something else. Not lock it, per se. But if the employees are more that meets the eye, make it something repellent.
>>33976516I wonder if they are gathering samples of each exorcists ability and developing counters to them. By letting Sachiko make the seal, they will have a copy of what it is and how it works.
>>33976516>Have Sachiko make a seal as properly as she can.Remember that we need to buy Daisuke time to do his thing. And since the attack on Kayako, I think they know that Sachiko is a real threat, so intentionally failing the test won't be as useful.
>>33976536Just be careful doing that, especially if important decisions hinge on us getting the clue./tg/ has shown frequently in the past that you could spell it out for us, and we still wouldn't get it.
>>33976693Alright, let me say it like this 'When you google it, you'll know EXACTLY what it is'
>>33976692But sealing the door is doing exactly what they want, thereby speeding up the process.
>>33976609I could go for this, it's insubordinate without violating any rules. >Brace with our bodies
>>33976516I'm gonna go with >>33976609
>>33976804Insubordination probably won't give us extra time for Daisuke.
>>33976842What will give us time then?
>>33976815>>33976804>>33976609Okay, clarification here. Are BOTH girls going to try and brace the door, or just Star or just Sachiko?
>>33976876Use a different ward than one that keeps the door closed.Such as one that tears off the human disguise of a youkai when it tries to walk through the door.
>>33976887Might as well be both to milk the "partner" act for as much as we possibly can.
>>33976887I'd like to vote for >Other: use a ward that dispels human guises from youkai instead of one that just keeps a door closed
>>33976910This could work, I will back this.
>>33976357>Furisode-Kaji"Kimono Fire"A girl pines for some boy she met at passing and dies after requesting a great kimono be made for her. Her soul then haunts the kimono, which is sold from family to family and given to girls about the same age, who all die in similar circumstances.Eventually, they finally realize that the kimono was possessed, and a Buddhist monk advises the best course of action is to burn the kimono.Big. Mistake.The ghost is able to fan the flames to the point where Edo itself is burnt near to the ground, thousands dead.
>>33976910And then Star and Sachiko are alone with a monster and no gear and get eaten. Starting a straight-up brawl would be a very bad idea under these conditions.
>>33976910>>33976932Do we have any reason to suspect Youkai?Isn't that crazy metagamin?
>>33976964You could say it "just happened to be that spell" out of a random number of false spells we picked.
>>33976932I'm seeing a split vote between body block and change the seal to be an anti-glamour. Does anyone plan on changing a vote, are there people who want to unlurk, or should I roll?
>>33976964Not necessarily, the mural made it pretty clear that something fishy is going on here at P-COC and Crazy Prepared ain't that crazy when you're a Ghostbuster. Targeting youkai specifically might be a bit much though.
>>33976516>Have Sachiko make a seal as properly as she can.I don't know, I feel like there might be consequences if we flub it on purpose.
>>33977029We wouldn't be flubbing it on purpose if we technically followed the rules and braced the door.
>>33977007>>33976804This was my original vote, changing it to Dispel on the door.
>>33977007Anti-Glamour it, and watch Sachiko get one of the few humans there.
>>33977007I kind of feel like we should just play along right now.>>33977009Not really, neither Star nor Sachiko were that concerned. Also, the magic of seal tags can effect humans as well, can't they?
>>33977007If those are the only two options, brace it with our bodies, anti-glamor just has an intolerable amount of metagaming to it.I still think playing along at this current stage is fine, it's only when we get to the marbles or whatever that we should be concerned.
>>33977007This is cheating guys, and you know it.Don't be dicks.
>>33977045"Okay, do a seal." Star says. "But...don't do a 'seal' seal. Do something else.""Like...like what?" Sachiko asks as she gets a seal ready."Something that'll mess up yokai. Make them sick, or show their form, or make them catch on fire if they cross the threshold. Can you do that?" Star asks."Well...I could do a ward instead of a seal." Sachiko says. "They call upon the Kami to protect a place from evil spirits. It's not...you know...a seal...but it's supposed to make any creature who walks INTO a room want to instantly walk OUT of a room.""Sounds great. Do it." Star says.Sachiko makes a Ward on the paper slip and slaps it onto the door frame."That's it?" Star asks."That's it." Sachiko says with a shrug.> Roll 1d20
Rolled 10>>33977213Come on only actual human employee in the building.
Rolled 1>>33977213C'mon dice!
Rolled 3>>33977213We have called this upon ourselves.Also there are no Kami left.
>>33977251>>33977252Guess the Kami are still on vacay.
Rolled 13>>33977235>>33977251>>33977252Is this any better than if we had gone with bracing the door?
>>33977235>>33977251>>33977252That's what you get.
Rolled 17>>33977290No, it's just a bad dice seed.
>>33977284Probably not. We shouldn't have been metagaming though.
>>33977304But still. Now they know we're onto them and we didn't even succeed.This is the worst outcome short of a ghost roll.
>>33977344To be fair, since 1 isn't a crit fail here this is just a poor job rather than a catastrophe. Sure we didn't do great but I doubt the consequences will be all that dire.
>>33977312We suspected P-COC of doing something weird, they've got a PKE-active mural, and we know that they had a corrupt official (who's still in power) working with a criminal magic society.I don't think that choosing something to dispel magic and paranormal entities would be too paranoid.
>>33977380I don't know if there are degrees of success here, it's kind of an all-or-nothing gambit.
>>33977235"Is there any reason why we're gunning for Yokai? I thought you chased them all off at the arcology?" Sachiko asks."I dunno. This thing has me spooked. The weird mural, you being asked three times, this whole registry bit." She shrugs. "Anyway, I'm probably just being paranoid.""In your job, I'd be more worried if you weren't." Sachiko says.Koko returns, carrying a tray of marbles, and gives you a little friendly wave through the glass window before she tries the door. It opens smoothy and she walks through. She looks at the warding seal, tilts her head, and then clucks her tongue."Well, points for creativity and effort girls." She says, setting the tray down on the table. "But it looks like that isn't your forte. No worries though! Let's move on to the next test."Now, before I got here, I picked a marble. I want YOU to pick the same one that I picked. No rush, take your time."There are twenty five marbles in a 5 x 5 grid pattern. They are all identical.> Let Sachiko pick one.> Grab one at random.> Try and cheat by using your 'phone' (aka PKE meter)> Other
>>33977453take them all
>>33977453>OtherGrab all 25, that way we still get the one she got. Loophole Abuse ho!
>>33977453Heh, we're gonna fail Sachiko.
>>33977453>Try and cheat by using your 'phone' (aka PKE meter)Say that our divination is based on using photo frames, like in Silent Frame.
>>33977453I think we made a mistake with picking these guys first.
>>33977524Isn't that what you wanted?
>>33977453Use PKE Meter, Star and Sachiko, if asked, Ghostbusters lent it to them, make then seem nontraditional.
>>33977569>>33977547Right now as far as they know Star isn't a GB, we don't want to blow their cover yet.
>>33977524That's the goal here as I understand it, make P-COC reject her so she isn't under their thumb.
>>33977524I don't think that's a good idea.I'm pretty sure we're screwed regardless of what we do.
>>33977569>make then seem nontraditional.I was going to say that being lesbians is non-traditional enough, then I remembered that those kinds of relationships even came up in jidaigeki samurai tv shows (from 20 years ago), so, maybe it's not as non-traditional as originally thought.
>>33977603That's not the problem here she may or may not have already registered and be entrapped anyway just by signing, regardless of her skill.
>>33977453>Try and cheat by using your 'phone' (aka PKE meter)>>33977603I'm pretty sure even if it DOES work like that, and we can get her rejected, they can impose sizable penalties, like make it so she can no longer run a temple.We fucked up.Again.
>>33977635I think the best bet would be the reveal that she's working with a ghostbuster, they'd have no choice but to fire her.But that would probably backfire horribly.
>>33977547>>33977569>>33977676Star fumbles with her PKE meter."Is there something going on?" Koko asks."Well, I sometimes can 'see' better when I'm looking at it through a camera, you know. Like in that video game?" Star says. "So I want to look at this by way of my phone camera."> Roll 1d8
>>33977453>Let Sachiko pick oneJust let her show that she's worth keeping a temple.
You know we could have also stated Star was a scientific parapsychologist. The ghostbusters aren't the only ones out there.
Rolled 7>>33977725Which is worse, getting thrown out and being branded a failure on the national registry that Sachiko's bosses use to determine funding (because why wouldn't they when they know that magic is real), or keep going deeper into the trap laid out for her?
>>33977771Honestly, it's awful both ways.Especially since we're not going to take P-COC out right now. They're much too entrenched for that.
>>33977771Koko makes a 'go ahead' gesture.The PKE picks up a large signal. One of the marbles has been deliberately charged with PKE energy. Star can pick it out no problem.Also, Koko is putting off a larger than normal PKE reading. However, it's almost identical to the same kind of PKE reading that someone would get from scanning Star, or Sachiko, or any other person who spends their time elbows deep in the paranormal.> Pick out the exact right marble.> Intentionally mess up.> Partially mess up, say 'it's one of these four/three/two' and pick the right marble and a few duds.> Other
>>33977784If Sachiko had delayed, then they would have sent someone by to check on her.If Sachiko had been thrown out before, then she would have been blacklisted on the registry that her bosses, the miko council, and the Emperor use to determine if she'll be allowed to stay a miko.No matter what we did, they all had bad consequences.
>>33977832>Partially mess up, say 'it's one of these four/three/two' and pick the right marble and a few duds.Looks like Koko at least is human.
>>33977832>Pick out the exact right marble.Go all out. Trying to straddle the middle road was bad for us last time.
>>33977832>Pick out the exact right marble.We'll play along for now, but once anything else happens I feel pretty secure in declaring war on this chick.
>>33977832> Pick out the exact right marble.And, this is very important, keep the marble. Do not let Cocoa puffs have it.
>>33977890How are we supposed to sell that? I'm not overly confident in our sleight of hand skills.
Guys if we do this, we're gonna make Sachiko look bad, because Star's doing all the work.We should have saved them for last.
Right now, our only hope is the fire alarm interrupts the test.
>>33977877>>33977885>>33977890"This one." Star says, plucking out the right marble.Koko's eyebrows shoot up and she breaks into a huge grin. "That's exactly right! Well DONE, you two!""Can I keep it, then? For luck?" Star asks.Koko shrugs. "Sure."Star pockets it.Koko gets out a small novelty snowglobe. It's a cheap one you can get in the gift store of the Tokyo Tower. There's the tower itself among all the little flakes. She flicks a switch and a little light turns on in the snow globe. It's blue."All you need to do, is to change the color of this light from blue, to green, then to red, and then black to blue. You can't let go of the snow globe." Koko says. "Who wants to try first?"Well, there's NO way you can do this. You have no idea about Sachiko either, who also looks clueless."I'll go first." You say. Might as well get it over with. You hold onto the globe and close your eyes and focus, and then relax. Nothing. Of course."That's okay." Koko says. "Different talent for different folks. Your turn!" She says to Sachiko.Sachiko takes the snow globe and stares at it. Then she concentrates.> Do nothing and see if anything happens.> Step on her foot, maybe that'll do something.> Take her other hand. Maybe that will effect things.> Other
>>33977980>Take her other hand. Maybe that will effect things.I'm not sure if this would help or hinder Sachiko passing this test.
>>33977980>Take her other hand. Maybe that will effect things.Oh god I can practically see the /u/boats right now...
>>33977996I'm not sure which one we want.
>>33977980>Do nothing and see if anything happens.This is the last step. Well, this and tic-tac-toe.Then it's red letter time.
>>33977980I'm thinking this allows the youkai to see what kind of power Sachiko has, so> Take her other hand. Maybe that will effect things.
>>33977942>>33977973Has anyone figured out what the Kimono actually is? That's our best bet of these two figuring out what's going on, PERIOD.
>>33977980>Do nothing and see if anything happens.Let Sachiko's powers stand on their own.It'd be terrible for her pride and self-confidence if she thought she couldn't do any magic on her own.
>>33978039Yes.>>33976942It's the Kimono that burnt down Edo.It's not the Red String, it's the Fire.
>>33977980>Do nothing and see if anything happens.
>>33977980>Do nothing and see if anything happens.I'm curious to see if she is magic or not.
Page 10 already?
>>33978058Red Tape is clearly the documents the Mediums sign. People will mistake the Kimono as the focus and...yeah.
>>33977980>Do nothing and see if anything happens.Die or fly, Sachiko. Possibly even literally depending on what P-COC is up to...
>>33978097I don't know, at the very least we should be insistent on reading the fine print of the contract before signing anything.I mean it's in a red leather envelope.That ain't legit.
>>33978106There's a split between hand holding and nothing.Anyone want to change their vote?
>>33978125I thought it was 4 nothing to 3 hand holding?
>>33978097The thing with 'red tape' is that it's an American and English phrase, and it doesn't make sense in Japanese.We might be going at this too much like Americans.
Hand holding, no idea why.
>>33978119Oh, definitely. That's the reason why we're here. Sachiko isn't really awake yet, I think. She doesn't understand just how dangerous this could be and it's kinda our fault.>>33978125I never voted, so I vote hand-holding.
>>33978132You're right, I mis counted. Also, please someone archive this.
>>33978125We're already on page ten, I'm not sure we have time to go much farther.Especially since we haven't done Daisuke's section yet.Then again, now that I look back on it, we did a lot of stuff it feels like. Good job bringing the content.
>>33978136There's also the idea of Red String. That could be what binds everyone.
>>33978148Do you guys want to call it a night and pick up next week where we left off, or do you want to open up a new page? I can't guarantee we'll do much more than finish Star and Sachiko's part. (Although, depending on how you do Daisuke's could end up being pretty short)
>>33978173Eh, call it a night I feel like.Waste of a thread otherwise.
>>33978173I'd like to keep going, but you shouldn't push yourself if you're feeling finished for the night.
>>33978173I want to keep going.
>>33978192Seconding, this mirrors what I feel.
>>33978173I don't see it worth archiving a new thread with just a handful of posts.
>>33978173Next week. we only have about 1-2 hr left. But really the decision up to you.